Rome, Ga. -- Braves right-hander David Hale pitched a simulated game on Saturday while most of his big league teammates competed against the organization's Future Stars in Rome, and he missed an important bit of news in his absence. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez set his Opening Day roster and Hale was named the team's fourth starter, edging minor league arm Gus Schlosser, who is set to make his major league debut in the bullpen as a long reliever.
At the time Gonzalez announced his decision, Hale was still unaware of his upcoming role.
His manager didn't appear too concerned, though.
"I don't think he's found out. I think you guys are about to (let him know)," Gonzalez said to reporters following a 13-4 loss to the Bobby Cox-led Future Stars. "But I think David -- you know, he was gonna start or be a part of our team anyway. We'll see how smart he is. He's from Princeton, I think he's gonna figure it out."
Hale has a slight edge in MLB experience over Schlosser, though Gonzalez wa...